Aden, Yemen March 2020 - A two day workshop, aimed at looking at the needs of Al Hawtah city brought together stakeholders and government partners involved in the response in the city. They aimed to develop a shared understanding of the situation and define priorities for intervention in Al Hawtah by local and international organisations.
“There are many damaged schools and health centres, the electricity network and sewage network are also severely damaged. We’ve been told that the garbage can been seen piling up everywhere in the streets and there are informal settlements everywhere,” said Ivan Thung, UN-Habitat Urban Profiling Expert.
He said the clear message from our partners was that rather than just looking at humanitarian help, it was important to focus on recovery and development in the city of 50,000 because of the structural challenges that needed to be resolved.
The event was part of a series of workshops and activities related to the Rapid City and Neighbourhood Profiling project in Yemen. Funded by the European Union, the project aims to support and improve the humanitarian and recovery response through providing better urban information and analysis.
UN-Habitat plans to develop seven profiles of cities for Yemen. The ones on Aden, Sana’a and Al Hudaydah are already finished or in draft. The first analysis workshop was held in November 2019, and looked at Aden in collaboration with government officials from the city.